BREAKING: Assam mulls pilot project to divert Brahmaputra River water; ISRO to conduct study
GUWAHATI: The North Eastern Space Applications Centre (NESAC) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to conduct a joint study on diverting Brahmaputra water during monsoon to 5902 sq km of wetland.
The decision was taken during the meeting held at the NESAC in Shillong, where union home minister Amit Shah reviewed the functioning of the region’s space science and technology centre. All chief ministers of the northeastern states were also present.
After attending the meeting, Assam chief minister said that the state government would propose for a pilot project for the same soon.
He said, “The joint study by NESAC and ISRO on diverting Brahmaputra water during monsoon to 5902 sq km of wetland is likely to immensely benefit Assam. We are proposing a pilot for this involving Central Water Commission (CWC), Jal Shakti and Water Resource Department (WRD).”
Sarma added that NESAC is going to be significantly critical in guiding the state on use of space technology for flood control, wetland management, preservation of forest cover in the region, agriculture development, monitoring of inter-state border management etc.
Union Minister for Science and Technology and Space Jitendra Singh, as well as Minister for Development of the North Eastern Region (DoNER) G Kishan Reddy, were also present along with K Sivan, chairman of the ISRO and secretary of the Department of Space, and chairman of the NESAC.
The NESAC, a joint initiative of the Department of Space (DoS) and the North Eastern Council (NEC), contributes to the region’s development by providing advanced space technology assistance. The primary objective of NESAC is to provide operational remote sensing and geographic information system-aided natural resource information base to support activities in the region related to development, natural resource management, and infrastructure planning.
Shah, during his last visit to Shillong, chaired the meeting of the NESAC and gave a few action plans for implementation.
Located in Umiam, about 20 kilometres from Shillong, NESAC is a well-equipped state-of-the-art facility in the areas of remote sensing and geographical information system, disaster management, satellite communication and space and atmospheric science research.
N has provided more than 20 years of dedicated service to the eight states of the region using space science and technology.